The Season: Ole Miss Baseball – A Hero’s Welcome (2019)


[music] Each spring, tens of
thousands flock to Oxford for Double Decker weekend, an extravagant arts festival
highlighted by its musical acts. Much like a set list, the SEC
schedule features many highs that bring the crowd
to its feet, as well as downturns
that taper the excitement. Caracci has done
his job tonight. He strikes out the last
four batters he faces. Swung on. Fly ball left field. It’s high in the air
toward that wall. Going back is Ward.
He watches it. Over the wall it goes.
Solo shot. Into left. That’s going to get down.
It’s going to cut the lead down. And it’s gone!
Kessinger has gone deep. Great day for Grae Kessinger. Swung on. High fly ball,
left field. Backing up at the wall.
It’s at the monster and gone! Green light for
Cooper Johnson. He hits the solo homer
to tie the game at four-four. How about that! Gracie ready. And delivers.
Ground ball left side. It’s a base hit to win it! Needing the series win
to ignite the crowd as the SEC race heads
towards its crescendo, the Rebels return
to their favorite stage, Swayze Field. [music] (Inaudible). I was here for about two weeks my sophomore year
in high school. I got really sick.
(Inaudible) small intestine. This is my first time
coming back since I was in this hospital,
so it’s – it’s pretty special. You know, there’s a lot
of memories coming back. But I’m just excited to be
with the kids today. Well, I think we’re going
to get up there here in about ten minutes or so
and so a little skit, a little game show action, going to sing some songs,
I think. Ladies and gentlemen,
it is time for game show! [cheering] That was hard to watch.
That was terrible. He had no idea what to do
with his entire body. Listen, baby. Ain’t no mountain high. Ain’t no valley low. Ain’t no river wide enough,
baby. If you need me call. Oh! Game show! Where you are!
Yay! [crowd] I can just see him
growing more and more – just getting less of a feel
every song they play. Look at him. [music/laughter/cheering] [singing] We’re going ahead to my old room
that I stayed in while I was here,
see the – see the young man
that’s in there right now. Hopefully bring a little joy
to his day. See how he’s doing. It’s pretty interesting,
actually, because one of the things
from my recovery, I had to walk
these halls every day. Had about three poles on my body that my parents
had to drag with me. But, I made these rounds
every day for about a little bit
under two weeks, I think. Hey, Evan, how are you doing? He’s like,
what is going on here? I like this.
He likes cameras. Yes, ma’am. Yes, ma’am. I was telling them earlier,
this was my room when I was in (inaudible)
a few years ago. So, I wanted to come visit it
and see who was in it now. Well, it’s good to meet you.
Yes, ma’am. Nice meeting you, too. Thank you for coming
to see my boy. Glad we could come say hey. Are you gonna be shy? Don’t you want to shake hands
with Thomas? Want to shake hands? There we go. That’s a big part of my life
that some people would say it’s a bad time in my life,
but, you know, I think it’s something that
shaped me into who I am today. And I’ve really enjoyed
my time at this hospital. You know,
I really do love this hospital. The people that – that helped me
through everything, you know, getting
to come back through here and see all the other kids
that were so much worse, and they just showed me
how fortunate I am and how blessed I was to be
at a hospital like this. (Inaudible) A rainy Friday afternoon meant
two things for the Rebels. Their six o’clock game time
would now move to 8:00 p.m. And the tarp would
have to be pulled. [music] I feel like we’ve got
the most tarp practice in the SEC and the country. It’s great! He doesn’t do anything, ever. He’s not working. Don’t let them convince. He’s not – he doesn’t even
have a snap. Don’t you have enough segments
of LVP on the season? We don’t need this. The first time
he ever touched a tarp. That’s not true!
I am not the LVP. Let’s look for Cooper. Look for Cooper. Johnson.
Thomas Dillard. Cooper’s not even out here.
He’s in the indoor stretching. [music] Great job! Park, you have a hundred-dollar
frickin’ mud boots on. You should be
all over this tarp. I was –
You should be loving it. Yeah, sorry,
I didn’t get it right. They’re two-hundred-dollar
season. Two hundred dollars. [music] You’re looking at the two
hardest workers on tarp pull. Grinders, right here. Maybe an hour late,
but let’s get going. Tonight SEC baseball
from Oxford, Mississippi. Mike Bianco’s squad trying to
get things going on the mound and on the plate. And meanwhile, this is a Texas A&M squad that comes in fighting
for a division championship. [music] Will Ethridge gets the ball
for Ole Miss tonight. Six-five, 240 pounds
from Lilburn, Georgia. And here’s a look at Ethridge’s
impressive numbers. You’ll see Ethridge’s stuff,
when it’s around the plate, and he usually is, he has
plenty of swing-and-miss stuff, and really looks the part of
an ace for this Ole Miss club. Off the handle.
A little chopper. Ethridge handles it. Nice play off the mound.
One down. Same spot, throw Shewmake. Yeah!
Thatta boy! Yeah! Despite the early success
for the Rebel ace, you are never out
of the woods in the SEC. Two in scoring position here. Another one down the line,
but that is snared by Keenan. Across the line, and it is dropped
at first base by Zabowski. And the number six ranked Aggies
would build an early lead. Ethridge checks the runner
twice and delivers. And it’s going to be a little
soft liner, right centerfield. And that’ll dump in for a base
hit and will score a run. Hall charges it and has it.
Throws toward second. Blake goes first to third
and Foster scores from second. Three to nothing. Oh, I mean, it’s hard to,
you know, go out there and, you know, give up hits – or runs like that because it’s
just like it barely falls in. And, you know, you just got
to get back out there and put up some more zeros. And then our offense
was struggling a little bit against their lefty,
and I had to keep fighting all the way ’til
the end of the game. Now let’s make some pitches here and get off the field,
all right? The first pitch is going
to be a mini wave away. All right. This is the guy
that tried to bunt last time. Him, all right.
Don’t force the pitches, right? You’re stuff’s too good tonight. Just let it go
and make the pitches. You don’t have to force it
in there, all right? [music] Ethridge not only responded
to the adversity, he elevated his game
in spite of it, pitching into the eighth
and quieting the Texas A&M bats along the way. (Inaudible) not too low! Full count. Swing and a miss,
struck him out with a fast ball, and one, two, three will go the Aggies
for the second inning in a row. Well, he’s retired
seven straight. It was now up to his offense to battle back against the
Aggies’ top arm, John Doxakis. They must know
what they’re doing. Here’s Michael Fitzsimmons
to pinch hit. [inaudible] Line drive, right field.
Fitzsimmons, there’s a base hit. Yeah! Atta boy! Let’s go! Senior Michael Fitzsimmons’
lead-off single would produce the first score
of the night for the Rebels. Heading into
the eighth inning, he would provide the spark the
offense had been waiting for. Bunt laid down.
Kalich to third – threw it away! Yeah, throw it away.
Seriously. [cheering] Kevin Graham from the St. Louis
suburb of O’Fallon, Missouri comes to the plate. Nineteen-year-old has five home
runs and 17 RBIs. Kalich delivers. Swung on. Lifted,
left centerfield. This should get
the tying run home. The centerfielder
makes the catch, DeLoach. Here comes Dillard.
The throw is back toward third. And we’re even!
Three-three. [cheers] Free baseball from Oxford,
Mississippi. Matt, Childress has already
used his closer tonight. Now he’s looking for
some offense late in this one. The sudden death nature
of extra innings puts every play
under a microscope. Every at bat.
Every throw. Every pitch. The two-two. To the backstop.
Here comes the runner! Play at the plate.
And safe! And the Aggies take the lead
in the eleventh. Really upbeat coming back
into our dugout. You know, let’s just score,
come on, here we go. You know, very uplifting.
And so I felt pretty good running over
to the third-base coaching box. I felt like, man, if we can get
a base runner here, we’re going to put
some heat on ’em, we’re going to give
ourselves a chance. One ball, one strike to Olenek. Swung on. Lobs left field. Get down, ball, and it does, and there’s a one-out
single for Olenek. I’m not the only one that, you
know, felt confident about it. You know, everyone who came up,
they had really good at bats, a really good approach,
and stayed within themselves. A chopper. And back to Elwood, a flip as Shumate
couldn’t hold it. Everybody is safe. Two aboard with one down
in the eleventh. Here’s the three-one. Ball four, and the bases
are loaded for the Rebels. And I think I got in the hole, and Connor Green said
it’s going to get to you, the bases are going
to be loaded, and you’re going to hit
the winning base hit. But I think that’s like
it’s an easy thing to call because it’s Thomas Dillard. Up the middle. Base hit. [cheering] Olenek has scored. Kessinger will come home,
and Ole Miss wins it in extras! [music] The game had lasted
almost four hours, with Dillard’s walk-off coming
at two minutes past midnight, bringing if a dramatic,
if not late, ending to the series opener. [music] Much like the night before, Texas A&M turned to another
electric arm on the mound to challenge the Rebel hitters. Asa Lacy on the mound. The sophomore from Kerrville,
Texas, and he is a good one. Fast ball in the
low-to-mid nineties. He’s six and two on the year.
A 1.97 ERA. Asa Lacy has ace stuff. And the pitch. Fastball, no doubt about it.
Froze him with a 95 fastball. Two-two. Check swing,
strike three. Third strikeout for Asa Lacy,
and that is what he does. There are too many late swings. Of all the fastballs,
nobody’s been on time one time, and so that’s why you swing
and miss this. Yeah.
It’s because you’re late. Yeah. Somebody’s got to get
the barrel around – you know what I’m saying? At some point,
we got to do that. At some point we got to quit
saying it’s so hard,
it’s this and that. You strike out
on the breaking ball, or, you know,
you chase one up here. You can’t do it all.
Right. But if he throws you a fastball
in here, we gotta –
that’s what changes the game. First pitch to Servideo.
Fly ball right. Well stroked. Foster back at the wall,
reaches up, and he missed it! It’s gone!
Solo homer. Anthony Servideo
has his first of the year. And the Rebels
take a one-to-nothing lead. You know, we took some
pretty good swings off that kid early in the game. Really in the fourth inning on, I think we –
we really got to him. Toeing the opposite rubber,
Doug Nikhazy has proved time and gain
he relishes the challenge. Especially facing off
against the league’s best. Strikeout, groundout,
strikeout in the first. Ground out, ground out,
strikeout in the second. So far, ground out,
strikeout in the third. With Doug Nikhazy. The two-two pitch to Brown. And he rolls
that one toward Nikhazy on the third-base side. Gloves it. fires to first. A little bit high
but a catch by Fitzsimmons and that ends the inning. Nine up, nine down for Nikhazy
through the first time through. Coming in I thought at best
I was hoping – hoping to my parents,
calling my parents, saying I really hope
I get ten innings this year. I really hope
I get a chance to play at Swayze at least one game and then now to have
this experience going on, it’s like a dream come true,
so it’s awesome. Swing and a miss.
Frizzell goes down. Fourth strikeout
of the game for Nikhazy. Finish it! Yeah! There’s a fastball.
Got him looking. He was looking
for something else, and that’s strikeout number five
for Doug Nikhazy. Two-two. Swing, and a miss.
Tenth strikeout of the game. And we’ll see ya. All right.
Ten Ks for Doug Nikhazy. You know,
he’s intense out there. He’s a guy that’s like,
you know, like laser focused. He’s going to lock
in every time out there and he’s going to get the job
done no matter what it takes. Great job, Doug.
Great job, Dougie. Atta boy.
Awesome job, boy. In this heavyweight bout,
the Aggie leftie flinched first. He has maybe signaled Texas
A&M going to go to the pen. Although we didn’t
score a ton off Lacy in game two on Friday,
we drove the pitch count up. You know,
he’s in the hundreds of pitches through five innings
or whatever. We make them go to the bullpen,
and once they did, the floodgates opened. And a pitch. Swung on. Line drive.
Base hit to right. This will be interesting.
The right fielder charging, Foster.
Here comes Kendall. Here’s the throw
toward the plate. And he’s safe standing. Ground ball left side.
Base hit for Grae Kessinger. Ole Miss leads four to two. Stay hot, Grae, stay hot!
Whoo! So first and second,
two down for Tyler Keenan. Back-to-back two-out
hits for the Rebels. The one-oh to Keenan. Swung on. Fly ball,
left centerfield. On the run is DeLoach.
Toward the warning track. Still running. You can forget it
because it’s outta here! Three-run homer
for Tyler Keenan. And the Rebels
have blown the game open. [crowd] Tyler Keenan may be
the best off-speed hitter I have seen in college baseball
in a long time. [crowd] TK definitely wants to
– wants to shine for the camera. We made fun of him
just sledding home when there was no play
at the plate just because he was on the mic. We let him know about it. But if he’s going to hit
some home runs, give him the mic every game. We’re fine with that. There is something there,
I think. I think we should start micing
him up every game or something. Or maybe just the big ones.
I don’t know. I’m tired. I’m tired. Come on, baby. I’m tired. This game is over! Rebels win,
13-three. Ooh-ooo. If you – if I am going to hit
a home run every time y’all give me the mic,
I want the mic tomorrow, and the next day,
and the day after that. Uh, I (inaudible).
Yeah, I guess I’m sneaky. Anthony Servideo (inaudible). No. God, no. Who told you that?
Did he tell you that? That is an Anthony thing to say.
No. Anthony does not have juice. Once things got rolling, man. It’s fun to be a part
of a great team win and get another one tomorrow. [music] If you follow Ole Miss baseball,
you know the name Henry Ullrich. But the out-of-the-ordinary path he took to Rebel fandom
may surprise you. I like college baseball.
I had the home run derby on, and I – I –
honestly I don’t know what the moment was that
Henry started paying attention, but he say Colby hit, and I think it was
some of the clips of Colby and his bat flip
that is what interested Henry. To hear that story about Colby, and he couldn’t have picked
a better guy to like. And then, to have him come down,
I think it was that fall, you know, maybe came down
for a football game, came over to practice. Nice to see you. Henry, we’re going to hit
in the next group, okay? Is that all right with you? Think we should go stretch out
real fast? Probably. You want to take him
to stretch out? Yeah, come on. You want to put one out
(inaudible)? Yeah. To watch, you know, Henry,
you know, light up when he’s in the dugout
or walking around the facility, you know,
I know it does to the players, makes them feel special that, you know,
they can be part of his life. This is lots cleaner
than what I play in. There’s sunflower seeds
all over the place. It’s just a joy that he brings,
you know, when he’s on a baseball field. It’s just, you know,
it’s not fake. It’s genuinely just – you can see it,
you know, how much he loves it. Here, I’ll get sunglasses.
Do it. Which guy are you
going to hit like? Tyler Keenan. Yes! Right here. No doubt. You having fun, bud?
Yeah. You might be the best hitter
in this group right now. (Inaudible)
I was going to throw a rocket. Yeah, let’s go.
You want to throw? Did you bring your glove?
Yeah. But Henry isn’t
your typical fan. He suffers from Duchenne
muscular dystrophy which makes throwing rockets
monumental challenges. Duchenne muscular dystrophy
is a – it’s a genetic condition
where you’re not allow – your body does not produce
any dystrophin, and dystrophin is the enzyme
that helps build and repair damaged
or muscle that you need. He doesn’t walk up
and down stairs. We have to carry him. He can’t get up
and down into cars. Sometimes seatbelts
are even difficult for him because the – the torque
that he needs to generate is just really hard for him. On a daily basis, it’s hard
for him sometimes to write, and he gets really tired
really quickly. It makes him happy to see
everybody else smile, and you know, that – I mean,
you can’t keep a smile off your face
when you’re around him. And he really helps you
put everything in perspective, you know. I mean,
if you think you have a bad day, just think about like
his best day and it’s – it’s one of your worst. You have to take Henry
as the whole package, and I think it’s really easy
to look at Henry and say, wow, you know, that kid’s
got that physical disability, that is a really tough break. But part of Henry
is that spirit, and his happiness,
and I’ve never seen a kid that’s happier
in my entire life. The relationship that we have
with Henry, you know, we get to see
how positive he is. And, you know,
it just makes our lives better because we’re getting out here
and go play baseball, and, you know,
we don’t have to – we don’t have to deal
with the things that he has to. And to see his positivity
about life and everything, it just makes people
want to keep going. Good job, Henry. (Inaudible). I like that sleeve.
It’s nice. You know, he’s a big energy
bringer. You know,
he’s great to be around. You know, he’s always
got a smile on his face. He’s a guy you want
to have on your team. Being a part of the team
didn’t stop at Swayze, either. Henry is so passionate
about the sports, whether it be, you know, AJ,
or Greg Little in football, Breein and Terrence Davis
and KJ in basketball. I’d have to name
the entire roster in baseball. These kids mean
something to him. When the basketball team
made the tournament, he wasn’t happy that Ole Miss
made the tournament, he was happy
for a group of kids and a group of coaches
and administrators that have done
so much for him and he wanted them
to achieve their dreams just like they helped
him achieve his. It is incredible
how he views that. Henry!
What’s up, big man? What’s up, big man? Henry, what you doin’?
My man! Love it. (Inaudible). Henry, thanks for being here.
You brought us luck. That’s it, right there. [cheers] Two games you’ve been to on
the road, Illinois State, right? Right.
And this one. Yeah! (Inaudible) Honorary team member. (Inaudible). That was the game
where we pretty much clinched our tournament
appearance, so and Henry was there. And, you know,
we closed out the game. I had a pretty good game,
and he came, sat down next to me,
had my jersey on. And, I mean, just –
that shows – that – that video honestly shows, you know, our relationship
personally, man. Just all smiles
in that locker room, and a lot of it’s due to Henry. It’s surreal.
I hear a lot of people talk about
the millennial generation and how different it is, but there’s something
incredibly positive about the group of people
that are behind us. And that is they are incredibly
caring and incredibly loving. We have met athletes in
football, basketball, baseball, and not just a few. At least probably
a hundred or so. And the character of the kids
and the character of the coaches that bring in kids
with great character is something
to really be admired. Before long, the tables turned
in the relationship. And Henry turned into
his super heroes’ superman. It just grew as time went on,
just from his support, and, you know, he wanted to win, you know, more badly
than we did most times, so. You know, anything
I can do for Henry because, you know,
he’s been there for me, so, I’ll do the same for him. [music] Thanks, big man. I don’t think he realizes
that it means more to us than I think it means to him.
And, you know, he thanks us and his family
thanks us all the time, but I don’t think
we tell them thanks enough. He’s an inspiration. I mean,
you’re talking about a kid who has gone through so much –
so much adversity, and I feel like the Lord
has blessed me to be able to meet
somebody like that. Somebody who can put things
in perspective, and he shows up every day
with a positive attitude. And he just –
his energy is just given to every single person
he comes in contact with. It’s crazy to see a kid who has
been through so much adversity, and he puts a smile
on his face every single day. And every time you talk to him,
it puts a smile on your face. He’s just a great person
to have around. Can I get a big hug, man?
Big hug. Oh, squeeze me! Love you, buddy. Oh, big hug. Thanks so much for coming in. We’re going to get you
one tomorrow, I promise you. I’m going to do everything
I can to make that happen. The first weekend we were here,
about three years ago, was a weekend
where Mississippi State swept Ole Miss here at Swayze. At the end
of the third ballgame, I have a picture that’s
my favorite picture of Henry, and it’s a picture with Ryan,
all six-foot-five of him, holding up a six-year-old Henry, who likes like about
a third of the size of him, and if that kid can work
as hard as he does and – and handle success and failure
that way, why can’t I? That’s what really the impact
has made on me. How come I don’t have
the maturity to do what these kids do? It’s so incredible. For a fan who sticks by his team
through thick and thin, the Rebs look for every reason to celebrate Henry’s hobbies
at the yard. What’s up, big guy?
How we doing? Have a great day. Hey, happy birthday, buddy. Happy birthday. I love you, man.
Fine. There’s been many birthdays
that I’ve had, you know, the baseball coach
on the road, right? So one of the things
that you miss on the road sometimes is, you know,
having a cake, right. Getting to blow out the candles?
Well, not today. Come down here, buddy.
Come on down here. Happy birthday, dear Henry.
Happy birthday to you. [applause/cheering] (Inaudible) and stuff.
How’s the cake? It’s good. Is there any more? Is it down there?
Is it Cooper cake? Yeah. Is it good? Did you get a piece
with a lot of icing or no icing? A lot of icing. Yeah, I hear that. I like icing. It means a lot to Henry, and it’s so much more
than baseball. Frankly, they’re – they’re
not athletes, they’re people. And, you know, when somebody
has a mean tweet about Ryan, or says something negative
about Coach Bianco, there’s a little boy
somewhere reading that who wants to tweet back. I say, you know dad,
every single Sunday night, I’m going to send a tweet
that thanks somebody who’s done something
really special to me, and my hope is that people
will start treating each other
a little bit nicer. That is – that is something
that has a huge impact on me, it’s had a huge impact
on our entire family, and it stems from
the kindness of other people. And those are
the things that these – the kids that play these sports,
the Ryan Oleneks, the Colby Bortles,
the, you know, (inaudible), the Tate Blackmans,
they were so kind to him, and it’s something
that Henry has learned so well to be kind
to other people. With the energy Henry brings
to the Ole Miss baseball club, it was only fitting to return
the favor in his honor. We want every day to think of
you giving us energy and fuel. So, come on this way. But he’s always fought through,
he’s always got a big smile, he’s always brought energy,
and every time we see him, you know, he’s that energy giver
and that fueling station, if you will, and so I thought
it was the way it should be. That if you’re walking
into a place, a room, that you’re going
to get some fuel, you’re going to get some energy,
why not make it Henry. So check this out. See what
the name of this place is? The Henry (inaudible). How about that, huh? (Inaudible).
Is that cool, or what? Yeah.
Henry, look right there. I’m going to get
a strawberry milk. He has no idea of the impact
that he has on us. We would love to be half
the person that Henry is. Why Ole Miss chose Henry,
I don’t know. I’m incredibly grateful for it, but you’ve chosen
to do this for him, and that’s the unbelievable
part of this story. Ole Miss loves him. And thought enough of him
to name a piece of your building after him meant so much to us. It – I can’t really
put it into words, and –
and I’m just really grateful. What better way to start off
Energy Saturday than with the Rebels’
most spirited supporter? An in-depth analysis
on his pitching style. Yeah, that’s good.
You got that easy. Yeah, he – he’s got –
he’s got a bunch of pitches that no one knows
how to throw yet. He’s inventing his own pitches. It looks like he’s got
some good arm-side run, too. Definitely be tough to hit.
Probably tough to catch as well. He said he’s going
from the mound, too. He said yesterday, from the
mound, 78 sinker strike. So, I believe him. He’s going to paint
the outside black. On him to pitch. But it’s going to be –
definitely going to be a strike. I guaranty it’s going to be
somewhere in the low nineties if I had to guess. I talked to him
a little bit before. He’s feeling pretty confident. So, hopefully it’s right down
the middle, too. You ready? Let’s go, bud. Ladies and gentlemen, we direct
your attention to the field for today’s
ceremonial first pitch. And here to throw out the first
pitch is Ole Miss Super Man Henry Ullrich.
Henry’s connection with Ole Miss began with a special
relationship with the Ole Miss baseball program. It has blossomed
into a connection that spans over all Ole Miss sports
and the Rebel nation. Ladies and gentlemen,
a round of applause for the Ullrich family
super fan, Henry Ullrich! Come here, big guy. Thank you so much.
We love you Henry. [music] The strike thrown by Super Henry would set a precedent
for the day, happily continued by
freshman hurler Gunnar Hoglund. (Inaudible) Come on, Gunnar! Gunnar! Extra curve away.
Extra curve away. The oh-two to Plummer.
Swing and a miss. Chased the breaking ball away. Aah! Aah!
That was gross. Fast ball in. Fast ball in. Struck him out. Ninety-one fastball froze him
in the inner half. Got him looking.
Great pitch. It kind of just started early. I just felt I had command
of all three of my pitches, and that’s all you can
really do, you know, just go up there,
execute, and everything else
is out of your control. Gunnar’s mentality is – it seems like it’s just go
right after people. I think he’s growing into this
like new persona of someone who’s going to go right at you
and like try and see if you can hit his stuff.
And if you can’t hit it, he’s just going to blow
right past you. Despite the early control
displayed by the freshman, an SEC opponent can take
advantage of a single mistake. And after an elevated pitch, and a trip around the bases
for the Aggies, battle-tested veteran
Cooper Johnson would do his part to settle
the young pitcher down. Time. I don’t care if you
have to spike it, but start this one down, okay?
All right. Gotcha. Down in the zone. Come on. Atta boy. Good. Right idea. Hey, one pitch away.
Looking good. Real good. And the two-two.
Breaking ball away in the dirt. Ball three. Full count as Honer
read that one, let it go by. That a boy. Better!
Very good. One-one here today in the fifth.
One-two pitch. Swing and a miss! Struck out on a breaking ball
in the dirt. See ya! Yes! Let’s go, baby! Hey, yes! See, you just gotta focus on
just shoving it down there. I’m going to block it up
if you miss down. Just miss down. You’re so much better
to let the balls sink in and dies when you’re down there.
you’re really good down there. Johnson’s leadership
would pay off. The youthful arm settled in, leading to a two-two stalemate
going into the last at bats. And where one of the biggest
swings of the day was one that didn’t happen. Dillard with nine long balls
on the year. He’s driven in 41.
And he draws the walk. There are a lot of power hitters
out there that just kind of swing
kind of aimlessly, you know. But I knew if I could
get on base as the – as the opening base runner
right there, then all the guys behind me
would hit me in for sure. Dillard at first, one down. Cole Zabowski two for three,
waiting for his first pitch. And here it comes. Zabowski lines one
into centerfield. [cheering] Dillard is going to try
to take third. The throw is off the mark. That’s the unique thing
about Thomas, is you look at him and he looks
like a bowling ball. But the thing that gets lost is that he’s such
a good base runner. And so, Zebow gets a base
hit up the middle
that moves the centerfielder, I guess slightly maybe,
to right field. And so once Thomas saw that,
the play is in front of him. So, he doesn’t have
to look at me to see if I’m going to
bring him or not. The play is right
in front of him. I trust that he’s going
to make the right read. Their whole outfield was playing about three steps
away from the track. So once I saw where
the centerfielder was, when I started running I knew
that there was going to be no way
that he could make that through. So I took that extra base. I knew getting there with no
outs was going to be massive. And you knew at that point
we’re in really good shape because we’ve got a runner
at third base with less than two outs,
and that’s what we preach. If you get the guy to third base
with less than two outs, in all likelihood
we’re going to score that guy. Bases loaded, one down, bottom of the ninth
for Michael Fitzsimmons. He struck out swinging
in the seventh. So, it was bases loaded
with one out. So I’m trying to see
something up and elevated so I can get a pop fly. Anything to the outfield,
Thomas would score because Thomas is quick enough
to get to home plate. Coach Clement, as soon as
I got over there, he said, uh, he said be ready
for anything by him. Just gotta beat the pitcher
to the plate. Righty on righty.
And here’s this pitch. Ooh, big cut (inaudible)
and he didn’t touch it. He’s coming home! He’s safe!
And the Rebels win! Yes, sir! Let’s go! [cheering] A walk-off wild pitch,
and Dillard scores and Ole Miss sweeps
Texas A&M. [music] Dude, what a weekend.
Almost 2,000 people today. Electric stuff.
Aah! [music] Run up something foul, boys.
I promise you I’m staying here. All right, which one’s better,
Magic School Bus – Or Bill Nye the Science Guy? The sun will come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar
that tomorrow there will be sun. What’s a baseball player’s
least favorite Star Wars movie? I don’t know.
The umpire strikes back. Is that your second bag? No, it’s my first. You guys have some big,
bad breakfast this morning? Yeah.
How was it? Good.
What did you eat? Shrimp.
Shrimp? And have a grand slam day. Hotty toddy! That’s a wrap!

27 thoughts on “The Season: Ole Miss Baseball – A Hero’s Welcome (2019)

  1. what a great feel good vibe video…the Teams are filled with special people..and the sincerity is evident…

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